Growing celery is done by planting the seeds in the early spring, protecting the new growth using a milk carton and harvesting the vegetable in the summer. Stagger celery plants to enjoy celery all season long with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk all about how to grow celery. So celery is considered a cold climate vegetable, so you start it right after the last freeze. And you can put them right into the ground or you can start them in seed trays, either way, and then transplant them later. But they'll grow immediately and then they'll be ready for summer harvest. So if you live in a really hot climate, you can still grow them, but the trick is to start them in the winter. So start them right after Christmas and they'll come up and then you'll have vegetables, or celery by late spring into the summer. So if you live in a cold climate, just start them after the first frost, and then they'll come up and grow and make a plant. The trick with celery too is so that they stay even and come up and grow equally and evenly. Just put a carton, like a milk carton or juice carton, over to the bottom as they're growing. And that protects them from critters and it lets them grow more evenly. And as they grow, they'll make the leaves. And then towards the end, just pull the carton off and then they'll green up right away and then they're ready to harvest. And then you just chop them right to the ground and keep them in the refrigerator so that they can stay for weeks on end and you can use them for quite a while. Another trick is to actually stagger your plantings over a month or two. Plant every two weeks or once a month, and then you can have celery all the way through into the fall and you can enjoy them all winter long.